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Title: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
Author: Elena Ferrante
Publication Date: September 2, 2014 (translated from the Italian)
Page Count: Not Known
Summary via Publishers Weekly
Surpassing the rapturous storytelling of the previous titles in the
Neapolitan Novels (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name),
Ferrante here reunites Elena and Lil, two childhood friends, who dissect
subjects as complicated as their own relationship, including feminism
and class, men and women, mothers and children, sex and violence, and
origin and destiny. As the narrative unfolds in the late 1960s and early
’70s, the fiery Lila stays in Naples, having escaped an abusive
marriage, and lives platonically with a man from the neighborhood, along
with her young, possibly illegitimate son. The feisty Elena leaves
town, graduates from a university in Pisa, publishes a successful book,
marries an upper-class professor, and moves to Florence, where she gives
birth to two daughters. Against the backdrop of student revolution and
right-wing reaction, the two women’s tumultuous friendship seesaws up
and down as each tries to outdo the other. “You wanted to write novels,”
Lila tells Elena. “I created a novel with real people, with real blood,
in reality.” Are the two women less opposites than parts of a whole?
The book concludes not with a duality but with a surprising new triangle
involving Nino, another homegrown intellectual, who loves both women.
I am loving, loving, loving this series and cannot recommend it enough! So excited for the next novel. Definitely check it out.
What are you excited for?